Cowboy Beans

 It is approaching my favorite time of year, Fall time and the holidays.  At least that is what the calendar says.  It is still very warm here and I think we will be bbqing for many more weeks.  This is a really popular recipe with my family and also when we have catered country weddings in the past.  You can have this as a side dish or as a whole meal.  It is loaded with protein and fiber.  I made this adding my families favorite things, you can do the same.   Change it up, add to or take away, make it yours.

First drizzle a little olive oil in your pot.  Then saut√© 2-3 cloves of garlic diced very small and 1/2 of an onion.   Cook for two minutes, then add one package of ground pork and one package of ground turkey.  Brown your meat over a med. to high heat.


Pour in one large can of tomato sauce.

1/2 cup Bourbon Whiskey

1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce

1/3-1/2 cup packed brown sugar

a splash or two of liquid smoke

1/3 cup cider vinegar

2 tablespoons of mustard

2 tablespoon chili powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon garlic salt

Mix it all together

Add one large can and one small can of pinto beans

cook on low for 45 min.



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And now for the best part, cook half of a package of bacon or the whole thing if you want and chop it up and put it on top of the beans.

Last but not least add salt and pepper to taste and red pepper flakes.  I have a tendency to over salt everything because I love salt and I love everything spicy.  So I will leave that part up to you.